Polish Politicians Don Anonymous Masks To Protest EU Counterfeiting Agreement

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The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA to its friends, is coming under fire in the EU from those who fear it will lead to online censorship. But it's recieved particular attention from the public of Poland, and that's been reflected by some of the nation's politicians.

ACTA is a far-reaching agreement. It's designed to harmonize international standards on protecting the rights of those who produce music, movies, and god knows what else, and part of that includes tackling online piracy. Those who oppose it worry that EU authorities will start blocking internet content.

Not everyone in the Polish government opposes ACTA, of course, but officials from the Palikot's Movement do, and they decided to make it known by holding the famed Anonymous/Guy Fawkes masks to their faces in Parliament. Don't you wish some US polticiains took this kind of approach? [Tech Dirt; Image: AP]

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Yeah such a surprise, all the countries that have signed it have something to lose in the copyright department. None of the countries where the counterfeiting or pirate sites signed it. The fear is censorship on the Internet, but I doubt it would be used for anything other than taking down pirate sites or fake handbag sites. Which begs the question, what does Kari Byron in a hot outfit have to do with this? We won't know until Scotland Yard concludes their investigation...